Thursday Cup O’ Coffee

Daily links for U.S. politics.

Analysis/Opinion:

John Sides pushes back against the popular (but inaccurate) opinion that poor whites vote Republican against their own economic interests: http://themonkeycage.org/blog/2012/02/14/zombie-politics-the-voting-behavior-of-white-working-class/

Jonathan Chait disagrees and demonstrates he has not looked at the data: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/02/why-are-poor-whites-conservative-and-poor.html

Larry Bartels responds to Chait and supports Sides: http://themonkeycage.org/blog/2012/02/15/morphing-zombies/

And oh yeah, Andrew Gelman wrote a book about this, like 4 to 5 years ago, where he supplies considerably more data than the three posts above to show that the poor overwhelmingly vote Democratic: http://www.amazon.com/Red-State-Blue-Rich-Poor/dp/0691143935/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1329396271&sr=8-3

News:

Mitt slips in Michigan polls: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505267_162-57379042/romney-slipping-in-key-boyhood-state-of-mich/

Congress has extended the payroll tax cut through the end of the year: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-02-15/congress-deal-negotiations-temporary-payroll-tax-cut/53110634/1

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